Mystery Part

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Mystery Part

Post by rcgreg » Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:25 pm

Ok - I admit it, I goofed, took a part off my bike, forgot to label it and now I have no idea of wht it does and where it goes. Take a look at the pic and see if you can help me out please - I'll print off your answer and glue to my 'Homer Simpson DOH of the Day award'.

Thanks !

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Re: Mystery Part

Post by seabee_ » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:20 pm

Need more info. What parts of the bike did you remove or take apart?
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Re: Mystery Part

Post by cbx4evr » Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:56 pm

Bigger picture would help. After all we're a bunch of old farts.
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Re: Mystery Part

Post by rcgreg » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:39 am

I'm an old fart too, else I could probably remember where it came from :) Here it is expanded somewhat. The work I was doing was replacing the steering head bearings, to do that I followed the Clymer instructions and removed the fairing - upper and lower, rad, steering stem, handlebars and a python nest of old speaker wiring that the PO had installed, removed partially, and reinstalled in order to make two scractchy speakers mounted on the trunk work. Also removed the front wheel, front forks, turn signal cancelor,fender etc. I originally thought it was something to do with the ignition switch - but not sure bout that any more as I can't make it fit anywhere near there - but that doesn't mean it doesn't belong there :lol: It just means I can't figure it out :mrgreen: Dimensions are about 3 inches long and about 3/4 to 1 inch between the legs, each top portion or a leg as viewed in the pic has a mounting hole, the legs have flanges.

It all seemed so simple when I took it off ! :oops:

Thanks for your help guys ! Now If I can just remember where I put my Ginko ???[

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Re: Mystery Part

Post by D2D » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:29 am

Don't know if this will help you, but here's a complete parts fiche for your bike, broken down into categories. Maybe the pictures will help you locate or jog your memory. ... &fveh=3441

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Re: Mystery Part

Post by rcgreg » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:37 am

Thanks ! I searched but didn't see it there - so I'm thinking it has to be part of the fairing - which is not on the fiche.

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Re: Mystery Part

Post by poffutt » Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:26 pm

It looks like it attaches to the top of your forks and the bottom part holds your front fender. :lol: don't really know.

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Re: Mystery Part

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:01 pm

I looked through the parts manual, and I didn't really see anything like it in any of the diagrams. Closest I could find was item 19, "Handle cover stay":

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Re: Mystery Part

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:00 pm

A wild guess...By the dimentions given and it's shape,it appears to be a cable stay clamp.From where would be determined by what cables need to be secured and how many can fit within the clamp area.

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Re: Mystery Part

Post by iamwill » Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:07 pm

No that goes under the ignition switch to give it more support.So looking down there are two bolts at the fork this goes in there.

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Re: Mystery Part

Post by Kendas » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:40 pm

That is actually an ignition switch connector harness "stay"... It fits under the ignition switch and switch mounting bolts go through either side to hold it in place and the harness together (didn't work). The '84 ignition switch has a recall on it also which added a new base plate with screws to the switch to keep the ignition from failing. As far as I know the NTSA recall for the '84 ignition switch is still active (until Honda can "prove" 85% compliance based on VIN's reported fixed).


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